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OT win gives Thunder 2-0 series lead

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POSTED April 8, 2013 1:16 a.m.

STOCKTON — Harrison Reed buried a wrist shot from the slot with 1:44 elapsed in sudden death overtime to lift the Stockton Thunder to another exhilarating finish for the second straight evening in a 3-2 overtime victory over the Las Vegas Wranglers in Game 2 of the Western Conference Quarterfinal before 4,403 fans at Stockton Arena on Saturday.

The Thunder took a 2-0 series lead and has won eight straight playoff games finishing in overtime.

“Every play in the playoffs is so magnified, and to come out and do what we did, come from behind to win at home on two separate occasions, what can you say about the character of the guys?” Thunder head coach Matt Thomas said, “They found a way again.” “That was a war.” continued Thomas, “Last night was a war, and tonight was probably twice as physical and twice as hard to play in. So the fact that we’re finding a way to win games is a good sign for us.”

Goaltender Olivier Roy made 28 stops for the Thunder. Reed finished with two points, while forward Shawn Weller recorded two goals. Las Vegas’ Joe Fallon stopped 26 shots.

“Our defense kept the puck in, and I just took it to the net as hard as I could.” Reed said, “I got a clean shot on net and it went in. I’m happy about it.”

Game 3 is tonight at Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, beginning at 7:05 p.m. (1360 AM KFIV/StocktonThunder.com).

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